sirdar

[ser-dahr]
noun
1.
(in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) a military chief or leader.
2.
(formerly) the British commander of the Egyptian army.
Also, sardar.


Origin:
1605–15; < Hindi sardār < Persian

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sardar or sirdar (səˈdɑː)
 
n
1.  a title used before the name of Sikh men
2.  a leader
 
[Hindi, from Persian]
 
sirdar or sirdar
 
n
 
[Hindi, from Persian]

sirdar (ˈsɜːdɑː)
 
n
1.  a general or military leader in Pakistan and India
2.  (formerly) the title of the British commander in chief of the Egyptian Army
3.  a variant spelling of sardar
 
[from Hindi sardār, from Persian, from sar head + dār possession]

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In the afternoon comes the sirdar, the head of the porters, and thanks me again.
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